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Wales -Walking in Wales

Updated on November 16, 2013

The Way ahead with local pics by Gypsy Willow

The Wonderful flag of Wales
The Wonderful flag of Wales
The track to Dinas Cross across the Common
The track to Dinas Cross across the Common
At The Cross roads showing Bridleway (Blue way mark)
At The Cross roads showing Bridleway (Blue way mark)
Grassy Footpath over the Common
Grassy Footpath over the Common
Old Stonewall alongside the footpath.
Old Stonewall alongside the footpath.
Ruined cottage, The old Preacher's House
Ruined cottage, The old Preacher's House
Hillside track in West Wales
Hillside track in West Wales
Stile showing the Way Mark. In this case Yellow arrow for footpath
Stile showing the Way Mark. In this case Yellow arrow for footpath
Roadside stonewall
Roadside stonewall
Old Railway car used as a sheep shelter on the Preseli Hills
Old Railway car used as a sheep shelter on the Preseli Hills
Bridleway sign
Bridleway sign
Ruined stone pigsty now fully restored
Ruined stone pigsty now fully restored
The rare Puffin with a catch of Sand Eels. Footpaths lead past their nesting site along the cliff top/             This photo courtesy Flickr
The rare Puffin with a catch of Sand Eels. Footpaths lead past their nesting site along the cliff top/ This photo courtesy Flickr

Wonderful Wales New walking trails and the amazing Coastal Path

The Principality of Wales is unique amongst the countries that make up the British Isles in that it has its own working language. On visiting Wales you will find that the road signs are in both English and Welsh, and Welsh is widely spoken and taught in schools. One thing that is in common with neighboring England is the public footpath system. To make the most of this great feature, a map showing footpaths is very useful not to mention essential. The maps produced by the Ordnance survey are the most detailed and show not only the foot paths that you have a legal right to walk on but also terrain features and contour lines which will give you an idea of how strenuous a walk may become.

Waterproof boots and clothing may also be required as Wales is green for a reason! It is the prevailing, moisture laden westerly wind sweeping in from Irish Sea that keeps it that way. If you check the weather forecast before you set out, you should have a good idea about what's in store. Nevertheless, I always carry a rolled up waterproof in my rucksack, just in case.

There are many long distance footpaths taking you through areas of outstanding beauty. These paths are being added too all the time. Refer to http://wales.gov.uk/location/central_wales/latestnews/footpath/?lang=en. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path in West Wales is just under 200 miles of footpaths along cliff tops and beaches. Refer to http://www.national trail.co.uk/trail.asp?PageId=33

Another amazing trail is the Offas Dyke, over 170 miles long with 70 of them along the actual ancient Offas Dyke. Refer to http://www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk/trail.htm . This website gives lots of information on the Dyke and also has contact numbers for reasonable accommodation along the way. Offas Dyke was built by the king of Mercia in England in the mid 700 A.D. to keep the Welsh at bay. Folklore has it that any Welshman found on the English side had his ears lopped off and any English man found on the Welsh side was hanged! (This is only folk lore and no longer practised!)

There is a network of beautiful paths throughout Wales from paths taking you to the summit of Mount Snowdon in the North to paths in the Wye Valley past Tintern Abbey in the south connecting to Offas Dyke.

Wales is your oyster. Bird watching is a wonderful way to expand the pleasure of your walk as Wales is home to many rare birds. While traversing the Pembrokeshire coastal trail you may get a glimpse of the Puffin nesting on the craggy cliffs. Wildflowers abound especially in the Spring. Wales has many standing stones, dolmen or burial sites, old and ancient churches. Wales boasts over 600 castles, many of them that you can visit.

Work is continually being done to extend trails and repair ancient monuments. Even the old pigsty that I photographed has now been restored. Though I must say I preferred the old version.

Be sure to take your camera! Enjoy!




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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Wales is a little gem. Check out my other hubs on Wales for a bit more Welsh flavour. Hope you get to visit one day my new friend!

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      This is one of those times I would appolagize for being a bit ignorant of some history . Wales is soo beautiful.! It reminds me much of our western US. And yet a strange mixture of the New England as well. Thanks for a beautiful tour. Heres to you! You have a new friend.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      It sure is! Do try to visit!. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Fluffy77 7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Great photo's I liked the puffin, and a few other's. What beautiful country side for certain.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Merci Madame!

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      Madama 7 years ago from Harrisburg PA

      Beautiful Hub! Specially I love the pictures.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      It is isn't it Eiddwen. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Our beautiful welsh countryside!! Well done Gypsy Willow.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      People had it tough in those days. We take so much for granted today. Hope you get to visit beautiful Wales. Thanks for the comment.

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      David Walli 8 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      rugged places in the mountains. very beautiful scenery. Thanks for the videos. I have been reading about Great Britain in google books as they have LIFE magazine. Have read from 1936 through 1942; weekly issues. lots of respect for what the people went through with the bombing..

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Steve Hope you have a great time and the weather is kind. Off to read your hub, thanks for reading mine!

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      Steve 3.0 8 years ago from Cornwall UK

      I will be going to mid Wales for Easter. I like the Pembroke coast, the Brecon Beacons, Cardigan bay, Anglesey and the north Wales mountains. Mid Wales is good too, see my hub on the Elan Valley.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi D.A.L. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Make sure you go in the summer or it may be too rainy. It is green for a reason!

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      Dave 8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Gypsy Willow cant wait for the spring to get established when I will visit Wales many times to admire the scenery wildlife and flora. This is a great hub thank you.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      It is a pretty well kept secret that Wales is a truly beautiful place. Pity about the weather! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Kaie Arwen 8 years ago

      Beautiful.......... now I know why my grandmother always wanted to go back.

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      Gypsy Willow 9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I am so pleased. You will not be disappointed. Thanks for the comment.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I will go there one day as my father's side of the family is from Wales and I would like to walk the roads of my ancestors. :) You certainly have enlightned me.:)

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